Submitted by: David K.
A Departee’s Guide:
Written by GivingTree
As I sit in the plush interior of my now well-furnished Nauticrawl, I
these words of wisdom for all who would follow The Path. Soon I will
maybe so will you.
In my guidance I will largely be coy, because this is a game about figuring
out for yourself. But I understand that sometimes all you seek are answers,
will leave only the truest of statements under spoilers for those who are
deciphering riddles. I just want to help, after all.
Operations and Obligations, a guide to your omni-environmental
The Nauticrawl is perhaps the most versatile vehicle you will ever pilot,
a softly-carpeted interior as well. Like all machines it will only ever do
you instruct it to, but where we use words it uses more tactile means of
What I’m saying is that you are going to have to pull all the levers and
the buttons in order to divine their functions.
Here are some general rules you can count on.
Those little switches? They all determine whether something is on or off.
something with binary states.
Every input attached to your radar panel is related to navigation. Adjust
dials (is that what they’re called?) to alter your engine power and your
injection. The wheel near the bottom rotates you. Pull the lever to execute
The little tab next to the red meter? Pull it to vent heat.
Your cloak is either receiving enough power to conceal you, or it is
not. On the
left-most monitor, if you find the cloak readout page, you can see your ‘stealth’
percentage. If it is 51% or higher, you are invisible.
The Finder knows where you should go. By and large, your Finder will lead
towards either the critical path or goodies. There exists an
Crystals are single-use, but there’s always one around when you need
There are a few definite DONT’s when it comes to piloting your Nauticrawl,
DON’T let the heat gauge get completely full, even if a little helps.
DON’T idle without the engine on.
DON’T pull the big lever if your heading is red.
DON’T attempt to keep going in a radiation storm. Dummy.
DON’T ever give up. I believe in you.
And here are some specific tips to make your travels smoother and
Your monitors and finder also consume power. Turn off all but the mainframe
before executing an action to save power.
There is no need for repairs if you are never hit. Your cloak is absolute.
cloak is your friend. Keep it just sufficient to conceal you, vent heat
movement, and save power via your monitors in order to stay cloaked
Due to quantum mechanics, fuel weighs less in your tanks than it does in
To save on storage weight, don’t switch fuel tanks. Use one until it runs
then just fill it up from your storage.
The Critical Path, seek and obey ye finder
Learning to use your Finder is key. It is one of the most essential pieces
integrated technology in your Nauticrawl and following its guidance will
you spend far less time puttering about, running out of fuel, and crying
-=Thankfully its also very simple to use. Just follow this simple
* The wigglier the line, the better your heading.
* Really! That’s it! It also helps to read the words underneath said wiggly
so that you know where you’re
going. The more ominous and scary something sounds,
the more you should be heading towards
it. Unless its a landsquid.
If you want more explicit instructions than that, here’s a handy-dandy
guide on how to really get away from it all. The spoilers contain direct
if the hints provided for each step are too vague for you.
1# Learn how to pilot good. This stage is basically a long corridor. Follow
Mount new equipment you find. New equipment can mean switches do new
things. To make
it off of the tutorial island you’re going to have to figure out how to
majestic Nauticrawl around without exploding or being riddled with bullets.
that, the first area is relatively straightforward. You’re looking for the
Tower, once you find it just nethook in, retrieve the crystal, and mount
Once that is done, those three switches beneath the rightmost screen become
2# Find someone to help you. Sometimes shady dealings are all you’ve got.
it literally doesn’t matter. Do not attempt to traverse radiation storms.
taken to the air and realised none of the controls will respond and your
map is blank,
you may begin to feel panic or frustration. That is normal. Instead of
though, use the panel in the lower right corner to broadcast a signal of 0,
1, 2, 3, 4.
This will bring a friend to you. Progress their dialogue, accept their
deal, and your
map will be filled out. Progress to an island of your choice, it literally
3# Follow the Finder. Don’t walk into the deadly deadly redness. Remember
new equipment you find. Use your new tool on everything in your way.
not your friends. Once you’ve found your way, follow it! Once you’re on
island look at the finder. Head towards the Royal Arsenal and nethook in to
access to that thing below the nethook that I’ve just now realised I don’t
name of. I’m just going to call it the gun panel, because thats what you’re
use it for. Now that you can gun things, go find the altar terminal and its
deadly laser fence. Gun the pillars (there’s actually 5, even though its a
and then progress to the center and retrieve co-ordinates and a new
Take off and head to the lighthouse.
4# Follow the Finder. The scarier and more ominous the thing, the more you
deal with it. Open the door. Plunder to your hearts content. Something that
ornamental, isn’t. Look at your Finder. See/hear the Guardian prowling
making scary noises? Go gun it until it stops. Take its key, go open the
loot the lighthouse. The salt IS important. Once you’re in the air again,
golden-wreath thing above the crystal and charge hyperdrive. With just a
fiddling, you’re home-free to find your way among the stars.
Congratulations on beating Nauticrawl!